Philanthropist leads the way!
Drakenstein Stud’s blue blooded young sire Philanthropist was the leading first crop sire, by aggregate, at last week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The chestnut son of Kris S had 13 lots sell for R4.8 million, and Philanthropist’s first ever South African yearlings to sell averaged R369, 231.
This placed Philanthropist in seventh position on the leading sires log, by aggregate – and ahead of such promising first crop sires as Gimmethegreenlight, Pathfork, Bold Silvano, Curved Ball and Gitano Hernando.
His average is also a handsome return on Philanthropist’s stud fee of R80 000, and breeders with Philanthropists to sell this year should feel confident of more success as the year progresses further.
From the same family as former leading South African sire National Assembly, as well as this season’s Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas heroine Majmu, Philanthropist’s popularity, however, comes as no surprise.
The son of Kris S has built up an impressive reputation with his runners from his small first crop including the champions Pender Harbour and Phil’s Dream, and Philanthropist enjoyed another breakout year in 2014.
He headed the US Synthetic Sires list for 2014, with his runners amassing over $2.1 million last year. Philanthropist, whose sons Phil’s Dream and Phil’s Cocktail are both nominated for Sovereign Awards, was also among the leading 2yo sires in Canada last year – finishing a close second on the Canadian 2yo sires log.